So you want to start a blog? Well done, go you! I have wanted to start one for a while and finally decided to dive in. I love writing and thought blogging is the perfect avenue for my creativity. So, I started typing – blog after blog on all topics I had swirling around in my brain. Words filled the pages with ease. Wow, this is fun I thought.
What I also did though was start researching, trying to understand blogging, niche’s, marketing and designing. I was like a sponge, absorbing all this information thrown at me by bloggers who had made it big. I knew I wanted to monetize my blog too so I jumped onto Pinterest and starting reading. More and more Pins and blog posts flooded my search bar about bloggers making it big overnight. I was excited. I wanted my content out there, I wanted to pass on the advice that I had learnt on my parenting journey, hoping that it might help new parents on a range of different topics. However, after starting up my website and making it look pretty, placing a few blog posts on there and linking my Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts – I hit publish and waited. Needless to say, my reality wasn’t exactly this glitzy or quick as the articles I had read. It was much more of a slow burn and the more I wanted to promote, the more complex and time consuming it became.
Here are some things you simply must consider before deciding to start a blog – the real truth!
When you start your research, you will read multiple posts on how quick and easy it is to make massive amounts of money from blogging. But hold up, don’t quit your day job just yet. Because what they fail to tell you in these posts is that to earn the income they are referring to takes time, money and a lot of hard work.
Traffic To Your Blog
“How I made $3,000 in my first month of blogging and you can too!” Wow! Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? I personally find these articles to be quite misleading. Sure, they may have had a good month but no one and I mean no one goes from zero to $3,000 with ads and affiliate links in their first few weeks. Sure, some affiliate links will allow you to earn some cash straight up, like Siteground or Bluehost. But, you need traffic to your site and clicks on your Pinterest Pins in order to make this money. Same goes for ads, although most ad companies want you to be established with a certain amount of traffic (ie 100,000 page views) before they’ll even consider you.
In short, you need to spend it to make it. Hosting sites, themes, Tailwind subscriptions, courses…. these all cost money. It is impossible to have a good website without spending something and I doubt those telling you they made $3k in their first month subtracted the total they spent getting their website up and running.
You need to invest a lot of time into your blog. Writing, editing, posting, artworks and pin designs, tailwind scheduling and the like all take time. Lots of time. Most new bloggers think they just write a blog and hit send and BAM! Instant success. That’s what all these flashy articles will have you believe, right? Well, in
It can be very disheartening writing your masterpiece and checking day after day to see just 10 or 20 people viewed it. Where are the 10,000 page views mentioned in all those articles? But, the key here is to keep going, keep driving, keep promoting your page whenever and wherever you can. Write when inspiration strikes. I’m currently writing this on my phone in the back of an Uber because why not?! I have the time so I may as well use it wisely! I know as soon as I walk in the door I’ll have two little crazies demanding all of my attention so I use every spare second I can on my blog, whether it be writing or promoting.
Put simply, you won’t get paid immediately unless you are extremely lucky. I mean the chances of winning lotto are probably higher here. Many people are writing posts telling you how easy it is to make money instantly and happily guide you to all of the sites they use on their journey. What you have to realise is, is that these posts contain affiliate links designed to make the writer make money. They are attempting to get you in by writing a catchy headline “how you can make thousands from blogging overnight as I did!!” Most people will click this link. I almost see it as a form of click bait, trying to coax you in to click on their affiliate links. And while there is nothing really wrong with this you need to understand what their aim is in writing an article like this.
In short, if you put in the hard work you will (eventually) reap the rewards. I have read many many bloggers saying that it took 6 – 12 months before they saw any sort of income. If you are willing to work hard, research, be patient and keep on battling even when the results aren’t as you expected, then blogging is for you.